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[[caption-width-right:350:Charlotte (the one on the left) never grows out of that phase.]]

->'''Emily''': Ah, I have a wonderful idea! Have you ever worn a tiara?\\
'''Rory''': Well, when I was four...\\
'''Emily''': You look like a princess.
-->-- ''Series/GilmoreGirls''

If you ask a girl who's in preschool or kindergarten she'll probably know that EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses. She will have a fairy tale [[SpoiledSweet princess's attitude]] making her anywhere between a gracious but [[BreakTheCutie breakable cutie]] to a TinyTyrannicalGirl who might feel entitled to a [[AllGirlsLikePonies pony]]. Bonus points if she is a fan of the Franchise/{{Disney Princess}}es.

She is or acts like she's seven years old at the most. PrincessesPreferPink so that's probably her favorite color. She'll imagine herself as a [[PrincessClassic pretty princess]] or pretend to be a [[FairytaleWeddingDress princess bride]]. Her court will consist of [[GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals stuffed animals]] and dolls. She might want a PrinceCharming by her side as long as she still gets to be her DaddysGirl, looking up to him as if he's a king. To emphasize this concept she might have a SweetTooth because RealMenHateSugar.

While somewhat rare, it ''can'' happen with little boys, but in a different way. At around the time they learn the differences between genders, they may have an infatuation with femininity and look at girls differently than before. In short, they may be more likely to have a crush on princesses during their phase.

If early childhood isn't specifically mentioned it might fall under PrincessForADay or EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses.

This trope is so strongly associated with childhood that a teenage or adult woman still clinging to this attitude cannot but come across as childish. Still, even those who grow out of it will still cling to a wistful shred or two: a taste for romance and a Prince Charming, or a pretty gown they twirl around in when no one is watching. The [[WeddingAndEngagementTropes wedding industry]] in particular is built around letting women be a "princess" for a day.

Compare RealMenWearPink (where there's a little princess in each manly man), PinkMeansFeminine, GracefulLadiesLikePurple.

Contrast OneOfTheBoys.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Marika from ''Manga/BokuraNoHentai'' is a [[{{Transsexual}} trans girl]] who expressed herself at home by pretending to be a princess. In middle school, she begins doubting herself as a princess when male puberty hits and her sexuality awakens.
* Yotsuba from ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}'' starts to go through one in chapter 93, when she sees a picture of Cinderella in a picture book. After confirming with her father that [[EskimosArentReal princesses are in fact real]], she decides to become a princess herself and dresses up accordingly.

[[folder: Films - Animation]]
* In ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', [[SpoiledSweet Charlotte LaBouff]] is firmly in this stage when we see her and Tiana as young girls in the opening -- her room filled to the brim with pink frilly dresses, tiaras, and fairytale accessories while she moons over a fairytale read by Tiana's mother. Flash forward fifteen or so years, and we find very little has changed.
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbiePrincessCharmSchool'': Emily is so firmly in the phase that, being too young to register in the [[RoyalSchool princess school]], she did it for her big sister instead.
* Scarlet Overkill from ''WesternAnimation/{{Minions}}'' apparently grew up unloved and thought that becoming a princess or queen would make up for that. Years later, she's still stuck in that phase. She achieved success and infamy as a supervillain, but she still has her heart set on being crowned. In preparation for her coronation, she demands that the dressmaker copy the princess drawing she made as a five-year-old and blows him out of the palace with rockets when he balks at the idea. At the very end of the film, having lost everything she's built up in her life thanks to the Minions' antics, she still thinks she's won because she at least managed to snatch the crown again [[spoiler:right before she and Herb are frozen by kid Gru, who takes the crown from her.]]

[[folder: Films - Live Action]]
* In at least one film version of ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'', Sara Crewe lives such a charmed life that she not only fancies herself a princess but says that all girls are princesses. She's nearly a teenager but it fits since it takes place in the Victorian period which is when the phase came from so it is probably expected to last longer. It's worth noting that Sara's idea of being a princess does not mean it entitles you to be a spoiled brat.
* When Vivian of ''Film/PrettyWoman'' was a little girl she would pretend she was a princess... trapped in a tower by a wicked queen. And then suddenly this knight... on a white horse with these colors flying would come charging up and draw his sword. And she would wave. And he would climb up the tower and rescue her.

[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* One day Manny of ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' imagines herself as Cinderella with Craig as her Prince. Craig likes her but says that he can't kiss her because she reminds him of his five year old sister.
* Lana Lang's first scene on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' shows her as a child of three pretending to be a fairy princess -- which is unfortunately immortalized forever, as that is what she was wearing when the meteors fall.
* Rory Gilmore of ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' doesn't want her grandmother to make her into a princess as she thinks of it as being something for small children.

[[folder: Music]]
* Mentioned by Music/TaylorSwift in "The Best Day", when describing early memories of her and her mother.
-->There is a video I found from back when I was three...\\
It's the age of princesses and pirate ships and the seven dwarfs...

[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'': Lucy Van Pelt is firmly in this phase - sort of. She wants to be ''Queen'', focusing less on the dresses and Prince Charming and more on [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen the authority that being royalty would give her]].

[[folder: Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', BigBad Zola 'Heterodyne' [[spoiler: aka Zola Anya Talinka Venia Zeblinkya Malfeazium, cousin to Agatha Heterodyne]] exploits this trope enormously, successfully convincing multiple characters that the only reason she's agreed to pretend to be the Heterodyne is because of the pretty dresses and fancy parties. It really, ''really'' isn't. She turns out to be one of the most formidable antagonists in the comic to date.
--> '''Zola:''' Once I'm settled in as the Heterodyne, I shall have a big, fancy party! And I'll wear a ''pretty dress'', and I'll dance with ''all'' the boys - but mostly ''you'', of course.\\
'''Zola:''' ''[a long while later]'' ...and gold and pearl beads on the lace trim! And for ''you''-\\
'''Tiktoffen:''' We're safe, my lady.\\
'''Gil:''' Safe from ''what?'' The ''fashion police?''\\
'''Tiktoffen:''' The [[MalevolentArchitecture Castle]]. We're in a dead zone now. Before, it could hear everything we said.\\
'''Zola:''' I ''want'' the Castle to underestimate me. Surely ''you'' didn't as well?
* Sarah from ''Webcomic/ThePrincess'' is in a princess phase. She's almost never seen without her crown. Her mother has no clue what to do when her child, who previously [[{{transsexual}} lived as a boy]], renames herself and starts claiming she's a princess.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* Discussed in ''Script/ShadowjackWatchesSailorMoon'':
--> What I find fascinating about the series is that it really is ''girl power'' in action. It does not take traditionally "masculine" action tropes and simply gender swap them, no, and it does not [[RealWomenDontWearDresses deny or condemn]] the attraction of the pretty princess fantasy. Instead, it takes all the "feminine" girly stuff like frilly princess dresses and pink unicorns and ''makes them into implements of power''. The hypothetical girl in the audience is being told that she can be ''as girly as she likes'' and ''still'' dream of growing up into power and responsibility. Feminine articles are not shackles or playthings to be eschewed, or tools good only for obtaining the approval of men -- they are treated as cool and desirable things, in and of themselves.
--> Boy craziness is even part of this, in the way they make the knightly romance fantasy an ''active one''. The girls wanna be swept off their feet by a handsome knight, and, damn it, they're gonna go out there and ''find'' that handsome knight and make sure he does it.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Lola Loud ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' is a six-year-old who dresses up like a princess, complete with a pearl necklace, sash and tiara. Unusually, her [[GenderBender male version]], Lexx, goes through a ''prince'' phase. He's decked in a pink scarf (according to concept art, he was originally decked entirely in pink) and a prince crown.
* Implied with Ella in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Pahkitew Island''. She acts and dresses as a fairy tale princess even though she's a teenager.